For the first time I publicly tell my side of the story of the heartbreak and failures of the past six years. It also includes the unbelievable experiences of my childhood; and the brutal, but often funny ordeals at five churches over a thirty year span. I made the decision not to censor anything. As Anne Lamott says, “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
From bellbottoms and Bible camp to a career center stage, this heartfelt memoir, written in the style of Mark Twain, is both a coming of age and American success story.
The first person in my family ever to graduate high school, I made the unprecedented decision to leave my redneck region behind—the coalmines and poverty of Appalachia—and seek, instead, something more from life. Early musical success enabled me to explore the world in renaissance meccas such as Paris, Rome, Florence, and Barcelona. I also served as the Music and Arts Pastor at two of the most influential American mega-churches. Still, with each new accomplishment, I felt even more unfulfilled.
After three decades of performing for tens of thousands, a growing disillusionment with the church, and life-altering circumstances, I stepped off stage. Returning home to pick up the pieces of a shattered life, I discovered what had been missing all along.
Hilarious and irreverent, the characters and tales are as unforgettable as they are entertaining. So pull up an easy chair, grab a glass of wine, a shot of moonshine—or if you’re Baptist—some sweet tea, and get ready to laugh out loud and perhaps shed an empathic tear.
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